The "Original Solothurner Torte" is produced according to a recipe which in the year 2015 will be one hundred years old. The torte is a best-selling product at Suteria Chocolata AG, in the Swiss town of Solothurn. The second main product is "Champagne Truffles". For both traditional specialities, the company garnered two gold medals at the 2010 Swiss Bakery Trophy in competition with 1,400 other products.
An LR Mate food handling robot
from FANUC contributed to the success. The role that the robot plays in finishing the cake is modest, yet the rationale for its use is truly a "classic" scenario. It completes a monotone and, what's more, extremely tedious task.
There were no preconceived ideas about the deployment. However, as Michael Brüderli pointed out: "Our business had grown to such a volume that we had to be mindful of our resources."
The CEO is a trained pastry chef and chocolatier in his own right, and after his apprenticeship at Suteria, he gained several years of experience and gained further training in various departments working for a large chocolate manufacturer. He has been back in Solothurn for three years now.